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Nov. 1, 2010

At A Glance

UI College of Dentistry honors alumni

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry has announced awards to three alumni for 2010.

John Sleichter, a 1979 graduate who also earned a master's degree in orthodontics in 1981, received the 2010 Service Recognition Award. Sleichter has served patients at his Muscatine practice for nearly 30 years and is active in the community.

Lynn Curry, a 1965 graduate, received the 2010 Alumnus of the Year award. A dentist in Carroll for 40 years, Curry helped revitalize the college's preceptor program and is a member of the steering committee for the college's building renovation project.

Cynthia Christensen, a 1980 graduate, was named the 2010 Educator of the Year. Christensen, a clinical associate professor in pediatric dentistry who retired this year, directed training in pediatric cases during dental students' third-year rotations.


RVAP executive director’s literature passage featured in international newsletter

A literary passage that University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program Executive Director Karla Miller frequently relies on to illustrate hope and healing for victims of sexual abuse clients has been chosen to appear in the November 2010 issue of “Traumatic Stress Points,” the newsletter of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). ISTSS is an international, interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and the exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

Miller responded to a request from the newsletter editors for trauma professionals to share examples of world literature they have drawn on for comfort and inspiration for their clients and themselves. Miller submitted a passage from “Once and Future King” by T. H. White that describes a pathway for overcoming the profound sadness that RVAP’s clients often experience.

Miller, who has worked with victims of sexual trauma and other forms of violence since around 1977, has found great passages in literature can provide validation, hope and inspiration to clients who have experienced trauma and to those like Miller and other RVAP staff who work with them.

The passage appears on Page 10 of the newsletter,

For more information on RVAP, visit


University of Iowa Press releases 'Twain in His Own Time'

"Twain in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates," edited by Gary Scharnhorst, is now available from the University of Iowa Press.

The 94 recollections gathered in "Twain in His Own Time" form an unsanitized, collaborative biography designed to provide a multitude of perspectives on the iconic author.

Opening with an interview with his mother, it includes memoirs by his daughters and by men who knew him when he was roughing it in the West, an interview with the pilot who taught him to navigate the Mississippi, contributions from literary figures, and one of the most damning assessments of his character —- by the author Frank Harris —- ever published.

Dozens of lively primary sources published incrementally over more than 80 years, most recorded after Twain's death, illustrate the complexities of this flamboyant, outspoken personality in a way that no single biographer could.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


Youth tennis tournament set for Nov. 6

University of Iowa Recreational Services is hosting a QuickStart Match Play tennis tournament for players age 12 and under from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 6, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City.

The round robin tournament is intended for junior beginner to intermediate players who have not yet played regular matches but want to improve their tennis. Matches for younger players will be played with mini nets and foam balls on smaller courts, while other matches for older, experienced players will be played with regular balls on 60-foot and full courts.

To register, call 319-384-1215 or email Registration is due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4. Cost is $6 for Recreational Service members and $8 for non-members, which may be paid the night of the event.


‘Gardens of Water’ author Alan Drew to speak Nov. 7

Alan Drew, author of “Gardens of Water,” the book chosen for the 2010 “One Community, One Book” project, will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in C20 Pomerantz Center on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.  
“Gardens of Water” is the story of two families and two faiths in Turkey during and after a massive earthquake near Istanbul. A devout Muslim family and an American Christian family must co-exist in a large refugee camp when the apartment building where both families lived is destroyed.
Drew lived and taught in Turkey during the earthquake and its aftermath. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and faculty member of Villanova University's English department in Pennsylvania. His talk will be followed by a book signing, and books will be available for purchase.
The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR), a part of International Programs, sponsors “One Community, One Book.” The project encourages people to read and discuss the selected book, which develops a greater community awareness of human rights issues locally, nationally and globally.
For more information, contact Joan Nashelsky at 319-335-3900, or visit


Jack Quartet returns to the UI for Nov. 11 CNM concert

The Jack Quartet, which performed at the University of Iowa last season as a guest of the Center for New Music, will return to present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The quartet will play "Dig Deep" by Julie Wolfe, String Quartet No. 7 by Salvatore Sciarrino, String Quartet by Laura Schwendinger and String Quartet No. 2, "Reigen Zeliger Geister," by Helmut Lachenmann.

The Jack Quartet, winner of an ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, is violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards and cellist Kevin McFarland.

The quartet has quickly established a reputation for giving high-energy performances of today's most demanding works for string quartet, and has studied closely with the Arditti Quartet, the Kronos Quartet, the Muir String Quartet and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

It has performed at Carnegie Hall, La Biennale di Venezia in Italy, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik in Germany and the Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Mexico.

Learn more at and


UI Writers' Workshop alumni Lau and Book will present free poetry reading Nov. 12

Poets David Lau and Shane Book, alumni of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in Prairie Lights books. The free reading will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website,

Lau's "Virgil and the Mountain Cat" was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and was published through the University of California Press’ New California Poetry Series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in VOLT, the Boston Review, the Denver Quarterly, Pool, the New Orleans Review, Wildlife and Vis-à-vis. He teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College.

Book's "Ceiling of Sticks" is the Prairie Schooner Book Prize winner in poetry. His work has appeared in numerous American, British and Canadian magazines and in anthologies including "Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry" and "Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets." His honors include a New York Times Fellowship in Poetry, an Academy of American Poets Prize and a National Magazine Award.


UI Department of Theatre Arts holds spring auditions Nov. 13-18

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will hold general auditions for spring 2011 productions noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and 7-11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. Audition slots for singers are available on Nov. 14. Callbacks will be held Nov. 15-18.

To sign up for an audition slot and view audition information, visit A registration table will be located in the Theatre Building lobby.

The department will produce the following spring shows: "Antigone," "Urinetown," "Operation Midnight Climax," "Sunshine," "Combined Efforts," "A Political Farce in Fifty Scenes," readings of new works and honors projects.

No affiliation with the UI or the department is required to participate in productions, and actors of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to audition. The department follows the principle of non-traditional casting.

For more information, contact David McGraw at 319-335-3906 or


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